Thursday, December 24, 2020

Reflections after 3 Years of Retirement

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone.  Karen was in the hospital for 12 days in April suffering from COVID-19.  Recovery has been difficult for her.  Many cultural institutions including movie theaters are still closed limiting recreational activities.  Libraries are open with limited services.  I feel very badly for those who have suffered from the disease and those who were economically affected by the pandemic.

I have taken my hobbies to a higher level over the three years.  I have spent much time in activities with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).  I certainly spend much more time reading books about baseball and music.  I certainly have attended many Zoom meetings over the past year.  The New York Giants Preservation Society headed by Gary Mintz would meet only a few times a year.  Recently, this organization runs Zoom meetings almost every week.  I meet monthly with Bob Dylan enthusiasts on a Zoom Meeting.

I am disappointed that my contacts with former colleagues have been minimal.  A click on Facebook or Twitter indicating one likes my post is not keeping in touch which should be a two-way street.  It is frustrating when I don't get a reply to a friendly e-mail.  I have come to the conclusion that out of sight out of mind supersedes keeping in touch.  I guess I must move on and let go of the past.

I am pleased that my finances are in very good shape.  I am actually saving money every month.  I planned very well through TIAA for a good retirement income supplemented by Social Security.  I hope in the future I can take vacations.

I hope for the best for everyone.


1 comment:

njfan39 said...

All things considering, I'm glad you are doing well, Bruce. I didn't know Karen was in the hospital with Cv-19 but with her being home, is it safe to assume she is on the road to recovery? I hope so. It's cliché but my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. Enjoy retirement!

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